I can’t be remembered
as a great adventurer
Make a mark, or make a stain
And take it for what it is
Nothing gets to me like mediocrity

Shouldn’t have stayed, should’ve been on my way
But there’s a mean little bastard living inside of me
An abscess, a kind of growth (My God, that sounds so gross)
They call me ‘Kid Cancer’ and now I know why
Invite me to dinner, see, now I’m inside.

If I can’t be a hero, I’ll be a plague
Charmed up your bears, now they’re all dead
They’re all dead
So make a mark (I’ve made a few), or make a stain (I’ve made those too)
And take it for (and take it all) what it is

Shouldn’t have stayed, but I get carried away
Like a kid in a candy store, pocket full of razor blades,
Sticking gum in sister’s hair (or in the backyard burning ants)
They call me ‘Kid Cancer’, I call myself me,
But what’s in a name? It’s all just one stain, some pages of history.

If these fingers were knives, the things I’d fillet
Oh you great expender, do not think that you’re safe
I’d bet these lips could get a smile this way
Like any great performer, more than happy to fade (fade)

Shouldn’t have stayed, but I said “fuck it, I’ll play”
And the Demon advanced with a hidden agenda: me
For once a sweet young child (I guess it’s been a while)
They call me Kid Cancer, the Beast calls me ‘son’
I haven’t yet decided: is this a chore or is this fun?



Lyrics submitted by ikilurmom, edited by voice.of.reason?, TReed0803

The Northwestern Bearltories B: Kid Cancer song meanings
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    General Comment* Setting the stage I've been carried away.

    This is truly a brave venture into such abstract lyricism and phrasing. I have a feeling this CD could be one of the most important of our generation.
    mclean2326on August 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "shouldn't have stayed," instead of shedding the stage

    also, "I've made a few" instead of I'm made of goo
    and the needles part seems wrong too, but I can't make it out either
    clarelvsmychemon August 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI hear this:

    1. Shedding(?) the stage to be on my way
    But there's a mean little bastard living inside of me

    *"Shouldn't have stayed, should have been on my way, but there's a mean little bastard breeding inside of me"*

    2. Charmed up you bears now, they're all dead, they're all dead

    Sounds like what he says but that just doesn't make sense, any ideas?

    3. I'm made of goo, and needles, too. I'll take it all.

    That is definitely right.

    4. Shedding(?) the stage, I've been carried away
    Like a kid in a candy store, pockets full of razorblades
    Sticking gum in sister's hair, or in the back of my pants
    They call me kid cancer, I call myself me.
    For once it's a name, there's always one stage, the pages of history

    *"Shouldn't have stayed, but I get carried away,
    like a kid in a candy store, pocket full of razorblades,
    sticking gum in sister's hair, or in the backyard burning pants,
    They call me kid cancer, I call myself me,
    For what's in a name, as long as one stains some pages of history?"*

    5. If these fingers were knives, the things I'd believe
    Oh, you'll paint a desert with the things you will say.
    I'd bet these lips will get admired, with praise ?
    Like any great performer, wanting nothing but fame.

    *"If these fingers were knives, the things I'd fillet... Oh you, great attender, 'cause I'll think that you're fake, I bet these lips are dead as mine are with weight, like any great performer, more than happy to fade"* None of this really makes much sense to me, but I've listened to it over and over and this is what i hear every time.

    6. Shedding(?) the stage, but I got fucking outplayed!
    And the demon advanced with a hidden agenda: Me
    ??????, I guess it's been a while

    "Shouldn't have stayed, ?but not done fucking up?, and the demon advanced with a hidden agenda: me,
    For once ??????, I guess it's been a while"

    These 2 parts, I cannot for the life of me make out. It's definitely not 'outplayed' though. Someone help me decipher these! lol
    tehsekson September 30, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"Shouldn't have stayed, but I said "fuck it, I'll play."
    mudtide1993on October 14, 2010   Link
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    Lyric Correction"So make a mark (I'm made of goo), or make a stain (and needles, too)..."

    I have always heard this as "So make a mark (I've made a few), or make a stain (I've made those, too)..."
    Joelmeyer1221on May 18, 2012   Link

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